the more sexual and inappropriate you are with me the better we’ll get along
A few of these books deserve an entire post dedicated to them, but, fair friends — I work at a CPA firm as an … Accounting Clerk? But as the kind of clerk that also prepares returns so I have had a hellish three weeks+++. By the end of the day, it’s a miracle I READ anything, much less wrote down thoughts about it. So I’m going to do a rundown of the books I’ve read in the waning days of the tax season, and hopefully I can get back to actually have the energy to THINK of THINGS other than 1040s.
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean - 4 of 5 stars
So, this is the book that introduced me to my new favourite author in romance. Sarah MacLean is a dream. She is a dream. Especially for me. She basically writes characters I want to read about. They’re almost tailor made for me to the point where it seems like some wild fever dream.
In this one, Calpurnia is on the shelf. Most decidedly. She’s rejected a few proposals over her 10 years of being out in society because no one cared about her, they cared that she was a Earl’s sister. Only one man ever made her feel beautiful even for a moment, the Marquess of Ralston. Notorious rake who for one brief encounter during her first season made her feel special indeed.
It’s a shame he doesn’t remember and that Calpurnia is given many reasons to think that he didn’t mean a damn word of it. In a fit of pique, Calpurnia decides to take life by the horns and ends up making the devil’s bargain with Ralston. If he kisses her and teaches her to live, she’ll help bring his by-blow, half-sister out in society.
Ralston has all the makings of a stereotypical romance hero. He has a lot of man pain and distrust of women and he’s super handsome. But there’s something about his interactions with Callie and Callie’s with him that honestly just gave me the feelings.
Always to Remember - Lorraine Heath - 4 of 5 stars
The sad thing is, during tax season, I had a REALLY GOOD run for a while of books that I genuinely adored. This book is — well, the word I kept coming back to is “remarkable”. It’s remarkable in every meaning of the word. It’s slow, but not boring. It’s sad, but not depressing. It’s romantic, but not melodramatic.
Clayton was labeled a deserter of the South during the Civil War. After spending years in prison, he comes back as the lone survivor of the 22 men that left his small Texas town for the War. To say that he is reviled and hated is a vast understatement.
Meg lost two of her brothers and her husband in the war, and she hates Clayton just as much as anyone else in the town. She decides to punish him. She wants him to create a statue in honor of those that lost their lives, and she wants to watch him do it.
Thus begins one of the loveliest, quietest, saddest, but most touching romances I’ve read in ages. I finished it just thinking, ‘This person really likes people. She likes humanity. And she believes in complex people.’
Anyone But You - Jennifer Crusie - 3/5 stars
There were a lot of things I really liked about this book. I LOVEDDDDDD that it was almost May/December but the woman was the older party. I loved how much Alex was just SUPER INTO NINA SO MUCH. I loved that Alex was really good at his job but still wore Daffy Duck shorts. I loved that Nina was super good at her job, but still felt like she was at loose ends. They were both very human characters.
The only reason it didn’t get more stars, and the only reason I’m not going into details about it more, is because it suffered in my eyes from the same thing that almost all short stories suffer from: it didn’t give me enough material to become attached to the characters. Not to mention, the conflict creeped out of nowhere and then was SWIFTLY, SUPER SWIFTLY resolved.
However, if you’ve got a couple of hours, it’s well worth reading.
Thunder & Roses - Mary Jo Putney - 3/5 stars
A pretty standard early 1990s set of issues for me with this book. I know it’s a classic in the genre to some degree, but. Well. Every problem I’ve ever had with an early 90s book that I actually enjoyed is here, which is why it gets 3 stars. Plus, I still cannot fully get on board with the fetishizing of the Romany culture that’s so prevalent in this genre. I’m always left feeling super uncomfortable with the huge glaring neon White People sign I can feel hovering over the magical-realism aspects of it.
I wouldn’t say DON’T READ THIS like I feel about a LOT of 80s and early 90s romances, because it’s hardly THAT awful. It’s not offensively laden with the issues. It’s just. The parts of the book I enjoyed were overshadowed by the Romany romanticizing/fetishizing and the dubious consent and frankly I did not get a single fuck about the “plot”.
The Bachelor List - Jane Feather - 1/5 stars
THIS SHOCKED ME. I really liked the other Jane Feather books I read. I didn’t LOOOOVE them. But I certainly enjoyed them, pretty thoroughly at times. But this book basically made me RAGE BLACKOUT. I’ve never been more bored and yet infuriated by a dynamic in a romance novel.
The hero is a fucking asshole, and the heroine is a likable enough human being except that, for some reason, she decides to marry the hero in spite of the fact that he’s a fucking asshole.
Not to mention, I didn’t even feel the chemistry between them. I have no idea why they liked each other, or what it was about each other that was attractive. They just seemed to be fucking and getting married for no reason whatsoever when there were a million reasons I could give each of them not to do it.
The China Bride - Mary Jo Putney - 3/5 stars
Again, I liked this book. I did not love the method of storytelling. The flashbacks, to me, were totally unnecessary and the story could’ve been told in a classic linear fashion and lost nothing of value or impact.
And it was one of those novels that, at the end, I was left frustrated by the miscommunication/lack of communication rather than sympathizing and understanding where they were coming from.
And while I’m sure Mary Jo Putney has a great respect for Chinese culture (and its many variations within the greater bubble of China), again with the slight discomfort over the feeling of it being fetishized.
THIS ALL BEING SAID. AT SOME POINT THIS WEEKEND, I WILL BE REVIEWING A ROGUE BY ANY OTHER NAME WHICH IS A NOVEL THAT BASICALLY CHANGED MY LIFE.
OKAY. IT DIDN’T CHANGE MY LIFE BUT I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. I ACTUALLY HAD TO THROW THE BOOK AWAY FROM ME AT ONE POINT BECAUSE I WAS FEELING TOO MANY (GOOD) THINGS.
Let’s show up uninvited to a public place! #anarchy
2001 is sacred
“this leaves men confused and unable to pigeonhole you. What they are forced to do instead is… take you seriously.”
I would like to place my mouth right where that cut is. Perhaps permanently. Perhaps this is better suited to the tags. Perhaps you can all fuck off.
#dallas stars #tyler seguin #sexuality: hockey players in pads
jamie and tyler after clinching a playoff spot (◠﹏◠✿)
IF YOU’VE EVER SEEN TWO PEOPLE MORE IN LOVE I’D LIKE TO SEE THE PROOF OKAY. OKAY. GOOD.
#these fucks #dallas stars #i cannot even convey